In Bahrain, the first passenger on Gulf Air’s flight to Rome cut the ribbon, helped by Enrico Padula, Italian Ambassador to Bahrain, and Samer Majali, CEO Gulf Air. On arrival in the Italian capital, Aeroporti di Roma’s Director of Aviation Elia Pistola helped Majali cut the welcoming cake.
Uganda’s ambassador to the UAE Sema Kula Kiwanuka cut the ribbon for Gulf Air’s new route between Bahrain and Entebbe, assisted by the airline’s Chief Services Officer Marcus Bernhardt.
- Gulf Air launched two routes from its Bahrain (BAH) hub in the last week. On 30 November, the airline began serving the Italian capital airport Rome Fiumicino (FCO). Rome thereby becomes the airline’s second Italian destination after Milan Malpensa, which the airline began serving at the beginning of the summer season earlier this year. Flights on the new route are operated four times weekly – on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; departing Bahrain at 02:00 am – with 136-seat A320 aircraft. The airline previously operated the route between 1996 and 2001. Gulf Air’s CEO Samer Majali commented: “Expanding into Europe is part of the strategy we rolled out last year. Launching Rome will offer our customers the best network of destinations through the fastest hub in the region and the most competitive fares in the market today. We’ve received positive feedback on Milan from our customers, and we trust that Rome will see the same success, and that our passengers will get to enjoy everything this great city has to offer.” Aeroporti di Roma’s Director of Aviation Elia Pistola added: “We are thrilled to welcome Gulf Air’s inaugural flight to Rome. We see this as an opportunity for the people of Bahrain and Italy to explore the two countries, invest in potential businesses, and strengthen cultural and social ties linking the two nations. We take pride in being the only European country with two Gulf Air destinations, and we hope this leads to opening more Italian routes for the carrier in the future.” On 5 December, Gulf Air also expanded its African network, launching four weekly flights to Entebbe (EBB) in Uganda. The route will be operated with 124-seat A319 equipment. This is Gulf Air’s third African route launched this year after Addis Ababa and Nairobi.